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Maniac(1934)

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  • Lessons in Abnormal Psychology

    • disinterested spectator
    • 7/3/14

    As usual with an exploitation film, this camp classic presents us with unmotivated spectacle supposedly justified as educational: different kinds of mental illness are described in captions, followed by disconnected scenes of nudity and gore, such as a man popping out a cat's eyeball and eating it as a tasty morsel. The reason the impersonator of a mad scientist ate the cat's eyeball was that the cat ate the heart that was going to be used to bring the real mad scientist back to life after the impersonator shot him because the mad scientist wanted him to commit suicide so that he could bring him back to life and show the world. Of course, the mad scientist had already brought a woman back to life earlier that evening by injecting super adrenaline into her body in the morgue, but that does not seem to be enough for one day. We get to see the woman stripped almost completely naked and raped by a patient who is accidentally given a shot of the super adrenaline while under the delusion that he is the orangutan in "Murders in the Rue Morgue." She was pretty good looking too, which was why the two workers in the morgue were glad to have her body when she was first brought in. So bad that it is good, this must-see camp classic will make you feel like a maniac just watching it.

  • Cult Classic

    • Luis Balbosa
    • 3/4/12

    The film plays like a surrealistic dream/nightmare, with astonishing images of demons, eyeball eating, female nudity and an astonishingly violent fight between two female characters. I cannot for a second recommend seeing this as a classic or "good" movie, but if you put yourself in the mood for a picture that's so bizarre it almost transcends being bad and becomes a "good-bad picture", you will probably enjoy watching it. I doubt if you'll ever forget it once you do. Also, it's under an hour long.

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